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The Play List: Top Seattle-Area Family Activities for June 2024

Celebrate summer with family-friendly events, fairs and festivals

Headshot of author Julie Dodobara, she is pictured from the torso up, standing on a boat with a waterfuall in the distance
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Published on: May 29, 2024

Dad with a child riding on his shoulders heading out for a family activity in Seattle in June

We are on the verge. Yes, it’s true. With the arrival of June, we are nearly at the beginning of summer and the end of the school year. That means more free time (hopefully); long, warm days; and a plethora of activities to get to, from Father’s Day and Juneteenth events to fairs and fests of all kinds. Congrats, all, we made it! Now let’s get down to play.

Honk! Fest West invites families to listen to all kinds of awesome mobile music — marching bands, drum lines and street bands — to be played for free in three Seattle locales. Join the festivities the evening of Friday, May 31, 6–10 p.m. in the Georgetown neighborhood; Saturday, June 1, noon–8 p.m. at Columbia Park; and noon–6 p.m. on Sunday, June 2 at Pratt Park.

Sound the alarm! Fire Day with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is coming, marking the 135th anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire. Meet Seattle Fire Department firefighters, try on firefighter gear and learn about fire safety on Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Fire Day activities are free; regular museum admission is not included or required.

DinoFest comes roaring back to our local dino HQ, Seattle’s Burke Museum, on Sunday, June 2 — be sure to book your tickets early to save a spot at this popular event. Your future paleontologists can check out the Burke’s T. rex skull, go on a Jurassic quest and dig for fossils! 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Timed-entry tickets $14–$22; tots ages 3 and younger, museum members, and University of Washington staff and students enter free.

Catch a Kindiependent family concert before the series is over! The Kindie West Music series concludes with a melodic bang this month with not one, but two tot-rockin’ shows at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. The Harmonica Pocket shares its indie folk tunes on Sunday, June 2, while The Not-Its! turn up the volume two weeks later on Sunday, June 16. Shows start at 10:30 a.m. $10 adults, $5 kids.

Anyone can tell you that the past few years have been especially challenging to the mental health of our kids and teens. Join ParentMap on Wednesday, June 5, 1–2 p.m., to learn practical and effective strategies to help kids and teens develop coping skills, manage stress and reduce anxiety from mental health counselor and author Janine Halloran, LMHC. Free; preregister.

Head to a local beach on low-tide days to inspect all kinds of marine critters that normally live underneath the sea. Walk, touch gently and learn more about what you see from Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists, who will be on-site. Programs take place at beaches up and down Seattle-area shorelines, June 5–9 and 21–25. Free.

Honor Seattle’s first people and their descendants at Seattle Center’s Indigenous People Festival. Celebrate through art, dance and food, and learn about the Indigenous knowledge that keeps individuals and communities healthy. Saturday, June 8. Free entry.

Wishing you were fishing? Free Fishing Weekend is the perfect time to cast a line and teach the kids how to catch a fish. During the weekend of Saturday–Sunday, June 8–9, adults can fish without a fishing license (youths ages 14 and younger can always fish without a license), though some rules still apply. Gear up and reel one in at a lake near you. Bonus: Discover Passes at Washington state parks aren’t needed on June 9 in honor of Free Fishing Day!

June brings a bounty of opportunities to get out and explore. Take your cue from our state parks as they welcome families to visit on a fee-free day — there are three in June! On June 8 (National Get Outdoors Day), 9 (Free Fishing Day) and 19 (Juneteenth), visitors to our state parks can park their car without a Discover Pass. Get out and play!

It’s a “berry” good time to meet all the lambs, calves, chicks and bunnies at Swan’s Trail Farms, and to pick strawberries from the farm’s berry fields (pay by the pound for berries you pick). Celebrate the beginning of summer at this family-friendly festival, which also features a cow train, zip lines, jumping pillows and more, June 8–9, 14–16, 19 and 22–23. Book tickets in advance; $22.95 per person ages 1 and older, tots ages 11 months and younger enter free.

What to do for a special Father’s Day outing that will suit all the dads in your life? Cruise on over to Fenders on Front Street for fun that will please dads and grandpas alike (and kids, too)! Admire classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; you can also partake in kids’ activities and food truck fare. Sunday, June 16, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Free, donations welcome.

The largest Juneteenth celebration in Washington state returns to Tacoma’s Stewart Heights Park, Wednesday, June 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Round up the family and join the festivities, which include live music, community resources, kids’ play zone, food trucks and more.

Set your spirit free and celebrate the end of the school year and beginning of summer at the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade, taking place June 22–23. The Solstice Parade (Saturday at 1 p.m.) features giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats and, ahem, those infamous wacky naked bicyclists. The Sunday dog parade is at 2 p.m.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we love our Pacific waters and everything in, on and around them. Join in for all the free and inspiring Tacoma Ocean Fest activities, which include hands-on science, gorgeous art, music, performances, conservation activities and more. Saturday June 29, noon–5 p.m. at the Foss Waterway Seaport.

Our area’s Pride extravaganza, one of the nation’s largest, returns to Seattle Center, this year with a family area. So gather your clan and celebrate all types of families and all manner of love at PrideFest on Sunday, June 30, noon–8 p.m. Free.

Highlighted events for June 2024

June 5 | Wednesday
ParentEd Talks: “Calm and Connected: Coaching and Coping Skills in Your Children” with Janine Halloran, LMHC
Online

June 8–23 | Weekends and select dates
Baby Animals and Berries Festival
Swan’s Trail Farms

June 5–9 and 21–25
Low-Tide Beach Exploration with naturalists
Multiple locations

Editor’s note: This article is updated every month by ParentMap's calendar editor with new family activities in and around Seattle. Be sure to come back next month! 

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